dull abdominal pain occurring at the time of ovulation, attributed to the presence of free blood in the peritoneal cavity from the ruptured ovarian follicle.

Origin of mittelschmerz

1890–95; < German, equivalent to mittel- mid-, middle + Schmerz pain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

mittelschmerz in Medicine


[mĭtl-shmûrts′, -shmĕrts′]


Abdominal pain occurring at the time of ovulation, resulting from irritation of the peritoneum by bleeding from the ovulation site.intermenstrual pain
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